Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Historier fra Haiti by Jørgen Leth

A very dangerous but somehow charming mess

Rating 6 out of 10

In this book Jørgen Leth recounts from the turmoilous time in Haiti in the first half of the 1990's. At this time, in 1991, Haiti's first democratic elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was exiled due to a military coup and later, in 1994, managed to take power again with the help of a US intervention. Leth describes the stark conflicts between the large illiterate masses of black people which comprise the great bulk of the Haiti people, and the minute, very well-to-do mulatto elite. Jørgen Leth really understand to get around and it seems like he is meeting and sensing all the different players in this Haitian drama. From the generals behind the military coup, to Aristide, to the mulatto elite, the journalists, the people in the slum, the killers, the corpses etc, etc. An OK read.

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